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Courses And Equipment Needed To Become A Welder

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Metal welding is a specialized skill that requires education and practice. If you would like to become a metal welder, you can enroll in many public and private schools to learn the concepts, become proficient in the practices, and obtain certification. Here are some things to consider if you would like to become a welder: Welding Courses – There are several types of welding courses offered in many 2-year and 4-year colleges as well as technical trade schools. Some of the welding courses that are commonly offered include the following: Oxyacetylene Welding – This type of welding uses a torch to heat two pieces of metal to a temperature that is just under their melting point. Once the metal is heated, the welder adds a soldering wire that melts at a lower temperature. The soldering wire instantly sinks into the core of the two pieces of metal and joins them together.  MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding – This type of welding employs a soldering gun that spreads argon and carbon dioxide gasses over the metal to protect it from contaminants in the atmosphere and facilitate joining. MIG welding is quick to learn and is often used to bond straight pieces of metal together.  TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding – This type of welding uses a tungsten electrode to join metals together. TIG welding spreads a layer of argon or helium gas over the metals being joined. TIG welding is used to bond different shaped pieces of metal together.  Welding Equipment – You will need special protective clothing and equipment when you weld metals. Check with the school of your choice to see what equipment is provided and what equipment you must own and bring to class. The following equipment is needed to study welding:  Helmet – A welding helmet with UV-filtering faceplates is needed when welding metals. The faceplates cover the entire face and only completely darken when in the presence of the bright light generated when welding.  Apron – A leather apron that covers your torso and thighs is needed to protect your body from the intense heat and flames of welding. This apron ties at the neck and waist and often has a large central pocket to facilitate carrying tools and welding supplies.  Gloves and Arm Protection – Leather gloves that open and close around the wrists are needed when welding metals. A leather jacket or arm sleeves are also needed. These garments will protect your hands and arms from sparks and pieces of molten metal that are generated when welding.  Welding Certification – Look for a college or trade school with welding courses that will give you the knowledge and skills for becoming a certified welder or welding inspector. Certification is obtained by completing an application and taking examinations from the American Welding Society. Many colleges and trade schools will help you apply for your certificate and provide proof of the courses you have taken.  Once you have completed your welding courses and qualified for certification, look for an apprenticeship job that will allow you to practice your new skills and widen your knowledge and experience. With proper instruction and equipment, you will be able to tackle difficult jobs with complete confidence and be on your way to a career as a welder or welding inspector. ...

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Want To Create An In-Home Child Care Center For Special Needs Kids? Three Things You Will Need First

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Child care for special needs children is in high demand. It is difficult to find a child care center that can accommodate physical challenges as well as cognitive, behavioral, mental and emotional ones as well. If you have decided that you want to answer this specific calling and help out parents with special needs children by providing a daycare service in your home, here are a few things you will need to do or have first. Widened Doorways Despite the smaller size of a child’s wheelchair, it still needs a lot more doorway clearance than most homes have. If you are going to offer your child care services regardless of physical challenges and limitations, you will need to make sure that every doorway in your home is appropriately widened (or at least the doorways that are necessary for providing care, e.g., bathroom and kitchen doorways). This will require hiring a construction contractor to remodel all of the doorways that cannot currently accommodate a child’s wheelchair. If you can, build the estimates and business expenses for this home remodeling into your business plan for any startup loans you request from banks and lenders. Grab Bars Grab bars provide children with the means to pull themselves up, pull themselves along a hallway when they are in a wheelchair, support themselves when they have trouble walking or standing, and transition and/or pivot onto the toilet for toileting needs. These grab bars will need to go in the bathroom around the toilet, down any stretch of hallway on the first floor of your home, and possibly in the living room or kitchen as needed for transfers to other furniture. While you are not operating a group home or community-based residential facility (CBRF) for these children, the handbook for safety measures an construction of these facilities can also help you figure out where to put other assistive devices of this sort. Adaptive Devices for Meal Times Finally, you will need adaptive devices for meal times. This may include trays that fit onto wheelchairs, chairs that lock onto the edge of a table (for babies and toddlers who cannot sit up), cups, plates and utensils made for special needs children, and even long bibs. Sometimes parents provide these items, if they have some spares at home, but it is best that you have some of these on hand too. Most of these devices may be purchased through an educational equipment and supplies store. For more information, contact professionals like Learning Tree...

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Top 4 Ways To Prep For The ACT

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Taking the ACT should be a priority for any college-bound high school junior or senior. Not only can the scores aid in getting accepted to the university of your choice, but if the scores are high enough, they will also qualify you for scholarships. Once you schedule your test date, you can begin prepping by following a few of the tips mentioned below. Review the ACT’s Official Website Spend time reviewing the suggestions and materials on the ACT’s official website. There are preparation guides, as well as practice tests that students will find extremely helpful. You can go over the most frequently asked questions and learn how the test is scored. Additionally, high schoolers can take part in one or all three of the free online events that were created to help teens do their best on the test.  Rent an ACT Prep Book Head to your local library where you can rent an ACT book free-of-charge. There are a variety of books to choose from, so consider your needs and learning style. Is this your first time taking the test? If so, you may want to opt for a guide that explains the steps in more general terms. Perhaps you’re interested in a book with multiple sample tests so you can practice and get a sense of what the actual exam entails. If you need assistance, a knowledgeable librarian would be glad to help.  Sign Up for Tutoring Once you’ve had a chance to review the ACT prep book, it will become clear which subjects and concepts you have not yet mastered. Hiring a tutor allows you to get that one-on-one help you need to fully understand the material so that you’ll be able to answer the questions on test day. A tutor may also identify areas that you should work on that you may not have thought about. Finally, he or she will be able to suggest study techniques that fit your personality.  Get Good Sleep and Proper Nutrition One way to keep your brain as sharp as possible is to get a good 8 hours of sleep the night before the exam. Set the alarm to allow for enough time to eat a healthy breakfast. This might be something as simple as a protein shake and a multivitamin if you aren’t a breakfast person, or a delicious veggie omelet with a side of strawberries and a glass of orange juice.  Keep in mind that cramming for the ACT won’t work. You’ll experience better scores by taking the time to prep for the test in advance. If you don’t score as high as you would like the first time, you can always take it again. Colleges count the highest score from all of your attempts. Use these tips in your ACT prep and you’ll be sure to score your...

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Benefits Of Enrolling Your Child In A Martial Arts School

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you want to get your child involved in an activity that will have a positive impact in his or her life? You might want to consider enrolling your child in a martial arts school, as he or she will reap many benefits during the learning experience. Take a look at the information in this article to find out some benefits of enrolling your child in a martial arts school. 1. Improve Posture When your child attends martial arts school, he or she will develop better posture. Learning to properly position the body comes along with numerous benefits, including making your child appear and feel more confident. Your child will experience easier breathing by learning to position his or her body the right way when standing or sitting. Good posture is also beneficial because it can prevent your child’s body organs from becoming cramped, reduce back pain and may even give your child more energy. Good posture is important for martial arts because it aids in building balance, which is required for maintaining the right form for the martial arts moves that your child will learn. 2. Learn to Stay Focused Learning how to stay focused on a single task will come in handy as your child grows up. Staying focused can help him or her when it comes to getting an education, as well as later on in life when he or she gets a job. Martial arts school is the ideal way for teaching your child how to stay focused, as the skill is required to successfully learn the moves being taught by the instructor. Your child will also develop better listening skills as he or she follows the commands of the martial arts instructor. The good listening skills will also come in handy at home when you are speaking to your child. 3. Develop Self-Defense Skills Self-defense skills are some of the most valuable things that your child will learn in martial arts school. He or she will learn how to properly kick and punch when under attack. Your child will also learn how to be evasive to avoid getting hit by his or her attacker. Learning to be evasive can also give your child the skills needed for escaping from a kidnapper or bully. Visit a martial arts school like Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts so you can enroll your child as soon as soon as...

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Where Compassion Fits In The Nursing Profession

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Besides the clinical skills that registered nurses must learn to do their jobs, top nursing programs are teaching ways that compassion can be used in the delivery of healthcare services. These skills are what makes the difference between a professional nurse and merely a good clinical technician. Here is how compassion works to advance a nurse’s skills and reputation. Compassionate Caring This level of nursing compassion consists of two components: Mastering the skills used to deliver quality healthcare to patients. Using those skills in a caring and respectful manner. A nurse may be skilled at giving injections, but patients can have a range of feelings about being pricked with a needle. Compassionate caring is about understanding the patient’s fears and their expectations about a procedure. The nursing professional should engage the patient in ways where they are both involved in the patient’s care. Some patients benefit from education while others need more assurance. Each patient is different, so the nurse must determine how best to make a procedure palatable to the patient. Compassionate Listening Nurses are detail oriented. This especially applies to conversation with a patient. Often what’s more important in the conversation is what is not said. Patients hold back information for fear of embarrassment or ridicule. Compassionate nurses are taught to listen beyond the words and try to get at the truth. In response to the question “How do you feel?” a patient may hesitate and respond very quietly “I feel OK.” The nurse will notice any hesitation and soft responses and say “I wonder if you’re in more pain that you’re telling me?” This opens up the communication channel to the patient and let’s them know that it’s safe to be truthful. Compassionate Touch Sometimes a simple touch changes a situation. The compassionate nurse knows how to use touch therapeutically without overdoing it. A nurse may respond to a patient who is fearful about going into surgery by gently touching the patient’s hands while saying “I will go with you as far as I can to the surgical area. I’ll also be there when you go to recovery and come back to your room.” The patient feels that a friendly face will be there to support them. Compassion and Respect There are times in the nursing practice when there is no good answer in response to a patient’s questions. This is when it’s important for a nurse to respect the patient, acknowledge that they don’t have the answer, and just hold space with the person. It’s natural for a nurse to feel as if they have all of the answers to calm a patient down or help them deal with a difficult situation. The compassionate approach is to admit that they don’t. An oncology patient may ask the nurse before they go into a chemotherapy session “Will this cure my cancer?” Since there is no “correct” answer for this question, the compassionate nurse responds with “I don’t know how your cancer will respond to the chemotherapy treatment. But I will be here with you whatever the...

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An Adultier Adult: Plotting A New Future In Late Adulthood

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sometimes you realize that you need to make a change in your path. Sometimes this realization comes later on in life than you would like. If you are considering making a change and need to get an education to do so, you should make up a plan to go about it as quickly as possible. Here are some steps to take to get a new life and career when you are hitting middle age. Take the necessary GED test immediately If you have not finished high school, taking the GED test is the quickest route to getting a high school equivalency degree. If you have picked up or retained mathematics skills, plus honed your linguistics skills as an adult, you may be able to pass the test more easily than you think. Seek out a local testing center and ask to take the examination. If you do not pass on the first try, there are study books you can rent from the library plus online practice exams that can help you better prepare. Go for a general associate’s degree Associate’s degree programs are two-year programs and can sometimes be completed even faster depending on how many classes you can take per semester. If you are interested in an advanced degree, good general fields that can get you jobs are business information degrees or degrees in fields like accounting. With these degrees, you can find jobs in technology, retail, corporate america, and other jobs. Getting a degree in a general field will allow you to branch out later without having to gain a new degree. Market yourself as experienced Though you may feel that your younger classmates have a leg up with their youth, you have a leg up with your experience. Instead of hiding your past experiences because they were not in the field that you are in now, play up on the fact that you have been working for over 20 years. Find endorsements from past employers who like the work that you have done and express what you learned from your prior experience and how it can relate to your current career placement. Having experience, especially good, long-term job experiences, will make you impressive to employers. Restructure your retirement If you are going from a career where you were low paid to a brand new career that will bump you up into middle class, restructuring your retirement is a good idea. After you get your degree, look over your current IRA or pension and determine what it will take to retire comfortably. Since you are middle age, you will have to apply more money than your work peers into retirement. See a financial planner to go over how much you should save per month and where the rest of your income should go so that you use your new income increase...

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3 Ways To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Even if your child attended preschool, preparing for kindergarten is necessary. Kindergarten comes with more learning opportunities and responsibility. If your little one is headed to kindergarten, here are some tips to help him or her be successful in kindergarten.  Get Your Child Involved in Music Music is often used in classrooms to help with learning and there is a good reason for it. Research has shown that music can do more than just help your child learn to say his or her ABCs. For instance, music helps to improve your child’s phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness refers to your child’s ability to distinguish between different sounds in the oral language.  Phonemic awareness is a vital component of learning to read. By learning through music how to hear, identify, and manipulate words, your child can easier understand how to phonetically break down words so that he or she is better able to grasp the concepts of reading when it is introduced in kindergarten. One study also found that children who were actively involved in music experienced an increase in IQ. Six-year-old participants in the study who received music lessons showed a three-point higher IQ than children in other groups who did not receive music lessons or went through a different arts program.  To use music to prepare your child for kindergarten, you can opt to enroll him or her in lessons, or you can incorporate it in everyday life. For instance, you can have music breaks throughout the day and listen to educational music while traveling.  Practice Getting Dressed Helping your child with his or her clothes and shoes at home is not that big of a deal. However, in the classroom, your child’s kindergarten teacher not only has your child, but many others to help. As a result, time that could be used learning can be lost in helping each child properly fasten his or her clothing and shoes.  Before sending your little one off to kindergarten, work with him or her on tying shoelaces and buttoning and zipping clothes. By ensuring your child knows how to do these things, you can help cut down on the time spent in the classroom on clothing and allow more time for learning.  Read With Your Child In kindergarten, your child’s teacher will stress the importance of reading through various activities, such as story time. You can help to reinforce what your child is learning and also encourage a love of reading by spending time at home reading together.  Make a point of reading at least one book with your child each day. While reading, encourage your child to point out things he or she notices in the books. You can also discuss how he or she felt about the book when finished and encourage your child to tell you what happened in the book.  By doing this, you not only encourage a love of books, but you also help your child’s vocabulary and summation abilities. Both of these skills can be useful once your child starts kindergarten. There are many other ways you can ensure your child’s success in kindergarten. Talk to his or her teacher for further recommendations for your child. To learn more, contact a company like Triple R Child...

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Two Driving Myths Not To Pass On To Your Teen Driver

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When it comes to driving everyone seems to think they are an expert. In reality, a number of people fall for driving myths that make them anything but a good driver. Some parents even pass down these driving myths to their children, setting them on the wrong course. If you have a teen that will be getting behind the wheel soon, here are just some of the driving myths you don’t want to pass on. Driving At 10 And 2 Is Safest There is a widespread belief that driving with your hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions on the steering wheel is safest. When this thought process first came about, airbags in vehicles were pretty much non-existent. These days, most, if not all, newly manufactured vehicles have an airbag installed within the steering compartment. For this reason, the 10 and 2 rule is no longer valid. In the event the airbag deploys, if your hands are in this position, the force of the airbag will actually cause your hands to slam right into your face, causing even greater injury to your face, arm and hands. It’s safer to drive with your hands at the 9 and 3 o’clock position. This driving position still gives you ample control over your vehicle, but it also ensures your hands are out of the way in the event a collision causes the airbag to deploy. A Cars Length Distance Is Enough Some people believe that as long as there’s a car’s length of distance between the front of their vehicle and the rear of the vehicle in front of them, they have plenty of time to stop should they need to. Instead of car lengths, you should be measuring distance in seconds. In normal driving conditions, such as clear skies and light traffic, you want to keep at least three-seconds of space between the car in front of you. To see if you’re following this rule, find a fixed object on the road, such as a tree. When the vehicle in front of you passes the object, start counting. You should be able to say, Mississippi one, Mississippi two, Mississippi three, before you also pass this object. Otherwise, you are traveling too close. In more difficult driving conditions, such as rain or heavy traffic, you want to allow for even more time.  In addition to not passing on these myths to your teen driver, instruction from a professional driving school can also help ensure that your child is safe and ready for the road. Visit a site like http://www.a1peckdrivingschool.com for more...

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5 Ways A Montessori Education Could Benefit Your Child

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The Montessori method of teaching considers each child as a naturally inquisitive being who loves to learn. The method supports an environment that allows the child to ask questions that lead to discovery-based learning at his or her own pace. The Montessori philosophy has been tested in multiple cultures over a span greater than 100 years.  Here are a few ways that a Montessori education can benefit your child: Your child learns to think in abstract terms instead of simply learning facts.  Montessori teaching programs help children discover the premise behind educational concepts. For instance, a child in a Montessori school may interact with an abacus and counted objects to learn how to count in terms of ones and tens instead of simply memorizing a number scale for verbal regurgitation.  Your child’s senses are exercised. A Montessori education presents your child with different textures, shapes and colors through hands-on interactions. For instance, as your little one learns about land and water, he or she may be permitted to pour water into different containers or run their fingers through sand.  Learning is paced by your child. Most learning programs have a standardized pace to which the young student is expected to adhere. However, a Montessori teacher is led by the cues of the child. Instead of providing the child with step-by-step instruction, the teacher presents the child with a structured environment that guides the child to help him or her learn the process of discovery.  The scope and sequence of learning for a specific subject is preset. However, the child selects a subject on his or her own. The child’s selection signifies his or her interest and facilitates learning.  Independence is encouraged. Your child is encouraged to do as much as he or she is capable of in a Montessori environment. In a traditional learning setting, a child must often conform to the pace of the group. However, children learn at their own pace in a Montessori school. Once a child learns a particular concept, he or she can progress to the next concept in the sequence, regardless of whether or not the other students have learned the same concept. Your child is not graded. With a Montessori education, your child does not earn a grade. Instead, they are encouraged to learn and discover for the joy of the process. As a result, your child is less likely to need a physical reward, such as a gold star or a candy treat, as motivation.  If you are considering a private education for your child, a Montessori school may be just what you are looking for. Schedule an appointment with a Montessori school like http://www.fmes.org in your area for a...

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Physical Versus Computerized Visual Roofing Exams: How To Prepare For Either One

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you are working on your required education to become a roofer, you have to pass a roofer’s exam to become licensed. Roofing exam prep could go two different ways, just like the exam itself. It really depends on your location and how your instructors plan on conducting the exam. Some will actually take you out to several physical sites and ask you to determine what is wrong with the roofs you see. Others will give you a computerized visual test instead, showing you pictures of what is wrong and asking you to determine by sight alone what the roofing problem is. Here is how to prepare for either one. Physical Roof Exams The only way to pass this kind of exam is to spend a lot of time looking at actual roofs. If you can, intern for a roofing contractor and follow him or her around to every client’s location. Do not look at just residential roofs either, because you do not know what types of roofs or roofing problems your instructor will eventually quiz you on. Ask to see as many different types of roofs and roof problems as the roofing contractor is willing to show you. Ask a lot of questions too, because some roofing problems are not so easy to spot, but you may not be able to enter the building to get a better look at the ceilings under the test roofs during your exam. Computerized Visual Roofing Exams Some of the better computerized roofing exams will also provide a couple of details about the roofing picture you will be given to look at. These are a little easier to figure out, because some of the pictures used in these exams may look as though there is nothing wrong with the roofs at all, or the pictures may be more like a cartoon illustration than an actual picture. There are several online roofing exam prep courses that you can purchase, which would help you prepare for any of the visual questions on your computerized roofing exam. There are some free exam simulations to take too. These can help prepare you for many of the different visuals your instructor might use on your exam. Some of these courses will help you run through several simulations of the same exam that your instructor might use in your state, since some of the laws governing roofing repair are more state-oriented than federal or universal laws. For more information, talk to a professional like Illinois Roofing Exam...

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Childcare & Germs: Three Tips To Decrease Illness In Your Child And Family

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Germs spread quickly in a child care situation, and if your child is in daycare or preschool and being exposed to those germs, you may be concerned about this affecting your household. Below are three tips on lessening the number and impact of germs that your child comes into contact with and how you can keep your family happy and healthy all season long. Consider a Smaller Daycare Setting While avoiding germs isn’t the best reason to switch from a larger child care setting to a smaller one, it can be helpful, especially if your child or someone else in your family is immunocompromised. Where there are people, there are germs. A smaller child care setting means your child will come into contact with fewer people, and therefore will be exposed to fewer germs. Smaller child care centers may also have stricter sick policies in place than larger ones, as one illness can spread through the setting like wildfire. This may mean that the smaller center is more careful about allowing ill children to attend and may be more strict about enforcing their policies – this can significantly reduce the number of ill children your child will come into contact with and ensure a healthier child care setting. Boost the Immune System There are a number of relatively easy ways you can boost your family’s immune system leading up to the winter season. First, it’s important to start before cold and flu season begins. The immune system needs some time to strengthen, so immune strengthening methods may not work immediately. Daily multivitamins should be part of your child’s routine year round, but some other immune boosting techniques include enforcing an earlier bedtime (a tired immune system cannot fight as well as a rested one), family exercise, and avoiding triggers such as secondhand smoke. While these things may not seem to do much on their own, together they can make a huge difference for your child and your family. Teach and Model Healthy Hygiene Habits While a small daycare setting and boosting of the immune system can be helpful in preventing illness, the best way to fight germs is to practice proper hygiene and model these behaviors for your children. Modeling healthy hygiene habits, such as washing hands as soon as entering the house and keeping hands away from the face, can be much more effective than teaching and lecturing. Children will practice what they see, not what they hear. It’s recommended that you wash your hands for 20 seconds, so to make this habits more fun, come up with a silly song that lasts long enough for a proper handwashing, or use a well liked one that’s already in circulation. You can also use an egg timer that your child sets for 20 seconds each time they wash their hands which will give them a better idea of how long they should be washing for. To learn more about keeping your family healthy this cold and flu season, talk with your family doctor about immune boosting methods, vaccines, and other...

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